by Joseph Mercola
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's
Roundup herbicide, is possibly "the most important
factor in the development of multiple chronic
diseases and conditions that have become prevalent
in Westernized societies".
Glyphosate residues are found in most commonly
consumed foods in the Western diet courtesy of GM
sugar, corn, soy, and wheat.
Research suggests that glyphosate may "enhance the
damaging effects of other food-borne chemical
residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt
normal body functions [including gut bacteria] and
Glyphosate may stimulate hormone-dependent cancers
even at extremely low "environmentally relevant"
If you buy processed food, opt for products bearing
the USDA 100% Organic label, as organics do not
Increasing exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in
Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, may be at least partially to blame for
rising rates of numerous chronic diseases in Westernized societies,
according to recent research.
The finding, published in Entropy, 1 has ramifications
for virtually every man, woman and child in developed nations, as
this pesticide is widely used on both conventional and, especially,
genetically modified (GM) crops (to the tune of more than one
billion pounds sprayed in the US alone).
If you eat processed foods, most of which are made with GM corn and
soy ingredients, you're consuming glyphosate residues, probably in
each and every bite.
Knowing this, and the
fact that tests show people in 18 countries across Europe already
have glyphosate in their bodies, 2 the following news
should leave you very, very concerned… if not compelled to take
action against this health-endangering chemical.
Be a Key Factor in the Development of Chronic Disease
While Monsanto insists that Roundup is safe, a peer-reviewed report
authored by Anthony Samsel, a retired science consultant, and
a long time contributor to the Mercola.com Vital Votes Forum,
and Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), reveals how
glyphosate wrecks human health.
They argue that glyphosate residues, found in most commonly consumed
foods in the Western diet courtesy of GM sugar, corn, soy, and
"enhance the damaging
effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the
environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce
Interestingly, your gut
bacteria are a key component of glyphosate's primary mechanism of
Monsanto has steadfastly claimed that Roundup is harmless to animals
and humans because the mechanism of action it uses (which allows it
to kill weeds), called the
shikimate pathway, is absent in all
However, the shikimate
pathway IS present in bacteria, and that's the key to understanding
how it causes such widespread systemic harm in both humans and
The bacteria in your body outnumber your cells by 10 to one. For
every cell in your body, you have 10 microbes of various kinds, and
all of them have the shikimate pathway, so they will all respond to
the presence of glyphosate!
Glyphosate causes extreme disruption of the microbe's function and
lifecycle. What's worse, glyphosate preferentially affects
beneficial bacteria, allowing pathogens to overgrow and take over,
including the highly toxic
It has been estimated that only 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs) would be enough
to kill the entire human population. 3
At that point, your body
also has to contend with the toxins produced by the pathogens. Once
the chronic inflammation sets in, you're well on your way toward
chronic and potentially debilitating disease.
In the interview above, Dr. Seneff reviews a variety of chronic
diseases, explaining how glyphosate contributes to each condition.
So to learn more, I urge you to listen to it in its entirety. It's
quite eye opening.
According to Dr. Seneff,
glyphosate is possibly,
"the most important
factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and
conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies,"
including but not limited to:
Cause Cancer at Extremely Low Doses
To get a bit more in depth on just one of the chronic diseases
highlighted by Dr. Seneff, consider the reports showing that
glyphosate may stimulate hormone-dependent cancers even at extremely
low "environmentally relevant" amounts.
In a study published last year, researchers concluded that
glyphosate is a xenoestrogen that is functionally similar to
estradiol, the most potent human estrogen, and concentrations in the
parts-per-trillion range had carcinogenic effects. 4
Adding insult to injury - in light of the fact that more than 90
percent of soybeans grown in the US are genetically modified - they
also found that the
phytoestrogen genistein, naturally found in
soybeans, heightened the estrogenic effects when combined with
According to the authors:
"This study implied
that the additive effect of glyphosate and genistein in
postmenopausal women may induce cancer cell growth.In this
present in vitro study, we showed an estrogenicity of pure
Furthermore, this study demonstrated the additive estrogenic
effects of glyphosate and genistein which implied that the use
of glyphosate-contaminated soybean products as dietary
supplements may pose a risk of breast cancer because of their
potential additive estrogenicity."
Food Feeding Study Retracted - for Small Sample Size!
This wasn't the first time this pesticide has been linked to cancer.
In 2012, the first-ever
lifetime feeding study evaluating the health risks of GM foods was
published. It found that rats fed a type of GM corn that is
prevalent in the US food supply for two years developed massive
mammary tumors, kidney, and liver damage, and other serious health
According to the authors:
"The health effects
of a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize (from 11% in
the diet), cultivated with or without Roundup, and Roundup alone
(from 0.1ppb in water), were studied 2 years in rats.
[Editors note: this
level of Roundup is permitted in drinking water and GE crops in
In females, all treated groups died 2-3 times more than
controls, and more rapidly. This difference was visible in 3
male groups fed GMOs. All results were hormone and sex
dependent, and the pathological profiles were comparable.
large mammary tumors almost always more often than and before
controls, the pituitary was the second most disabled organ; the
sex hormonal balance was modified by GMO and Roundup treatments.
In treated males, liver congestions and necrosis were 2.5-5.5
times higher... Marked and severe kidney nephropathies
were also generally 1.3-2.3 greater. Males presented 4 times
more large palpable tumors than controls, which occurred up to
600 days earlier.
Biochemistry data confirmed very significant kidney chronic
deficiencies; for all treatments and both sexes, 76% of the
altered parameters were kidney related.
These results can be
explained by the non linear endocrine-disrupting effects of
Roundup, but also by the over-expression of the transgene in the
GMO and its metabolic consequences."
They really are not
exaggerating when they say it caused massive tumors… some of the
tumors weighed in at 25 percent of the rat's total body weight.
In fact, the researchers
had to euthanize some of them due to the profound pain and suffering
these tumorous animals were observed to be experiencing.
You can see the pictures
for yourself here below:
The research (Long Term Toxicity of a Roundup
Herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant Genetically Modified
Maize) was considered so "hot" that the work was done under
According to a French article in Le Nouvel
Observateur, 6 the researchers used encrypted emails,
phone conversations were banned, and they even launched a decoy
study to prevent sabotage.
The findings were a nail
in the coffin for the pesticide/biotech industry, but then the
journal began to receive Letters to the Editor alleging fraud and
calling upon the editors to retract the paper.
After what the journal described as a,
time-consuming analysis" of the study, they said they found "no
evidence of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of the data."
All they could find
"wrong" with the research was that it used a low number of animals
for the study, even though it was the same number of animals
Monsanto used in their study… so they, quite outrageously, retracted
this important paper (Note: it was later
Even the retraction
statement admits that the results presented are "not incorrect" but
rather may be "inconclusive"!
If every paper that could
be considered inconclusive were retracted, there would scarcely be a
published paper left!
As reported by the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS):
results of the Séralini study… almost certainly lie behind its
notorious retraction by the journal editor a year after it was
The most damning
revelation of this debacle was that a former Monsanto employee,
Richard E. Goodman, early in 2013, was appointed "Associate
Editor for biotechnology" for the journal that retracted the study.
The obvious question is:
was Monsanto behind the retraction?
Glyphosate-Laced GM Foods at Your Own Risk
You may be wondering why, if GM foods are so potentially toxic,
Americans aren't dropping like flies.
Well, this is a debatable
statement, as with rates of chronic diseases climbing exponentially,
many Americans are dying before their time.
Furthermore, rats only
live a few years, which is why you're able to see tumors develop
rapidly in response to dietary changes. Humans live around 80 years,
so we will notice these effects in animals long before we see them
The gigantic human lab
experiment of eating GM foods is only about 10 years old, so we are
likely decades away from tabulating the human casualties.
As discussed above, glyphosate contamination is but one route by
which GM foods are poisonous. It has a number of devastating
So much so that it may
very well be one of the most important factors in the development of
a wide variety of modern diseases and conditions. In summary, these
detrimental effects include:
deficiencies, as glyphosate immobilizes certain nutrients
and alters the nutritional composition of the treated crop
Disruption of the
biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids (these are essential
amino acids not produced in your body that must be supplied
via your diet)
exposure (this includes high levels of glyphosate and
formaldehyde in the food itself)
sulfate transport and sulfur metabolism; sulfate deficiency
- a side effect of extreme disruption of microbial function
throughout your body; beneficial microbes in particular,
allowing for overgrowth of pathogens
(imbalances in gut bacteria, inflammation, leaky gut, and
food allergies such as gluten intolerance)
damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and
environmental toxins as a result of glyphosate shutting down
the function of detoxifying enzymes
ammonia (a byproduct created when certain microbes break
down glyphosate), which can lead to brain inflammation
associated with autism and Alzheimer's disease
Vote with Your
Pocketbook, Every Day
The food companies on the left of this graphic spent tens of
millions of dollars in the last two labeling campaigns - in
California and Washington State - to prevent you from knowing what's
in your food.
You can even the score by
switching to the brands on the right, all of whom stood behind the
I-522 Right to Know campaign. Voting with your pocketbook, at every
meal, matters. It makes a huge difference.
As always, I encourage you to continue educating yourself about
genetically modified foods, and to share what you've learned with
family and friends.
Remember, unless a food
is certified organic, you can assume it contains GMO ingredients if
it contains sugar from sugar beet, soy, or corn, or any of their
Sources and References